Eduardo Mendez-Gaa (born in Montevideo on November 3rd, 1969) is a German-Uruguayan journalist and publicist. Since July 2012 he’s been deputy chief and deputy news director of Deutsche Welle for Latin America, based in Berlin.
He grew up being bilingual in both Spanish and German. He went to high school in Merklingen and then in Leonberg, Germany, where he settled in 1981. After studying political science and sociology at the University of Stuttgart and the FU Berlin, in 2000 he began working for different media in Berlin. He worked in different areas in Deutsche Welle, and was a writer for United Visions (where he also collaborated with TV channels such as Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, ProSieben, among others). He also collaborated with ARD and the Deutschlandradio and Radio Multikulti radio stations.
From 2006 to 2008 he edited the Spanish cultural magazine B2 magazine in Berlin. The magazine began in early 2006, and the idea was to create a cultural magazine and guide for Spanish speaking expats in Berlin, as well as serving as a showcase for creative Latin Americans. It was designed in Argentina, printed in Spain and distributed in Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona. The B2 platform released Ubersoundz, a series of CDs that came with the magazine.
In June 2007, Mendez-Gaa created Modular, an urban culture festival. Mendez-Gaa also founded the Berlin electronic band The Vinchucas in 2014 and the electronic music label Micoloco Records. His all nu musical labz are Kultkombinat and The Hrundi V. Bakshis. #riotriot
From 2000 he started working for the German international broadcaster. 2001 he interviewed former uruguayan president Jorge Batlle. Later, he produced, among other DW news for the Latin America version of DW, called Journal and in 2009 a special issue on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall live from the Brandenburg Gate. In 2010, he produced a series of special programs in Berlin and Mexico for DW-TV, called the Bicentennial Debates (Debates del Bicentenario), on the 200th anniversary of the independence movements of Latin America. Since 2012 he’s been deputy director of DW (Latin America). In that same year he contributed to the reorientation and image change of the Spanish version of DW. He also was responsible for the content and social network presence of that chain until September 2015.
From September 2015 he was a temporary correspondent for DW, based in Berlin and Bogota. He covered mayor Latin American events and the Colombian peace process until the final plebiscite on October 2nd, 2016.